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Brockways says goodbye to retiring Dusch, drama club asks for new mics


Brockway, PA – Peter Varischetti stressed the importance of the school and community working together when he presented plans for Taylor Memorial Park to the Brockway School Board.

Varischetti is spearheading the revitalization of the park and showed plans for the west side of 7th Avenue, which include the football field and practice fields the school district uses. In order to finish the plans for that area, the current little league field will have to be removed.

Brockway Superintendent Jeff Vizza said that the district will work with the softball league, the little league, and anyone else involved to make sure the community has quality places to play ball. Vizza said that the schools and community working together can make sure that everyone in the community has a high-class facility to play.

Three students from Brockway’s drama club came to talk to the school board about a proposal to get new microphones for the club. The old microphones are 10 years old and in need of replacement, especially considering the upcoming performance of “Annie” in March. Vizza said that the students can come to his office any time with ideas.

The board approved a new Powermatic Wood Planer for the shop classes. The $14,000 planer will be partially funded by the Brockway Schools and Community Education Foundation.

In sports, District 9 Champion Girls Soccer Coach Jessica Leadbetter turned in her letter of resignation. The district hired several assistant coaches.  In addition, Varischetti will take over as junior high football coach.

With regret, the district announced the retirement of Tracey Dusch. Dusch was a longtime teacher in Brockway who not only taught English, but ran the yearbook, prom committee, and directed multiple plays and musicals. Vizza said she will be missed.

The school board will meet again March 10.

Pic (l to r): Makenzie Hook, Kasie Leach, and Maddy Newcome laugh with the school board as they discuss new microphones and the musical Annie.